PA Tuition/Fees and Refund Policies

Canisius University Physician Assistant Studies Estimated Program Costs for Students

Tuition: $104,500

The tuition rate for the 2024/25 academic year is now $950/credit hour in accordance with college and industry rate increases. This does not include college and program fees listed below.

Canisius Graduate Fees: $2625 (total)
  • College Fee: $15/credit hour, capped at 9 credit hours per semester = $140/semester
  • Technology Fee: $10/credit hour, capped at 9 credit hours per semester = $90/semester
  • Wellness Fee: $145/semester
PA Program Fees: $2955 (effective 5/1/2024)
The total of $2605 is an estimate based on current industry costs. Fees will be divided evenly across all 7 semesters and can be found on your bill for each semester. Program required fees are subject to change, and include the following:
  • BLS/ACLS/PALS: (one-time fee): $300
  • Medical Library (Textbooks, journals, additional learning resources; $100/semester): $700 
  • Lab/simulation fees: $250/Semester (7 semesters): $1750
  • Background check/Drug Screening: (Additional fees may occur as some rotations will require additional checks and/or screenings):  $135
  • New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) student membership: $35/yr ($70 total)
Total PA Program Tuition and Fee Costs $110,080

*The program is committed to minimizing expenses and assisting students with financial support when possible

Additional Possible Student Expenses 

  • Required medical equipment
  • Parking fees
  • Housing
  • Additional Professional Memberships
  • Additional textbook or resource purchases: May vary based on instructor recommendations and student preference
  • Student Health Insurance (Variable): Students must provide their own health insurance coverage.
Suggestions for Financing PA School

The Canisius University PA Studies program would like to give special thanks to Deepthi Krishna, Class of 2023 and a NYSSPA Student Director, for putting in tremendous work and attention in creation of this additional list of scholarship opportunities. It is with her permission that we share this with our current and future students in an attempt to alleviate some of the financial stressors of PA school

  1. Tylenol future care scholarship. 10 of @10,000 and 25 of $5000 available.
  2. 3 NYSSPA student scholarships $1500 & 1 Kenneth Whitney PA Memorial scholarship $1500
  3. PA MOMS scholarship
  4. Local PA association scholarship: e.g. WNYPAA and RRPAA scholarship s
  5. Local PA association scholarship: e.g. WNYPAA and RRPAA scholarship s
  6. Hispanic Scholarship fund: Hispanic heritage students who are American citizens, permanent residents & DACA
  7. The Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship award of up to $5,000 annually for 3 years, as well as individual scholarship awards of $2,000 each.
  8. Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery - Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship 2 awards @ $5,000 each
  9. Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO) - Student Scholarship $2,5000 award
  10. The Physician Associates (Asociado Médicos) for Latino Health (PALH), a caucus of the AAPA, offers scholarship grants to currently enrolled PA students: Amt & Number of recipients vary
  11. PA Foundation scholarships 26 awards of $1,000 each. Applicants must complete the PA Foundation Scholarship application in order to apply for any of the scholarships listed below 12-18.…
  12. AAPA Rural Health Caucus Scholarship/Ron Nelson Memorial Rural Scholarship: $2,000
  13. NCCPA Endowed Scholarship: 4 awards $2,000 each
  14. Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship: 1 award  $1,000
  15. Timi Agar Barwick Scholarship for Humanism in Medicine: 1 award $1,000
  16. William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Scholarship: 2 awards $2,500 each
  17. Prentiss L. Harrison Memorial /African Heritage PA Scholarship to student member of the African Heritage PA Caucus (AHPAC)
  18. The Eva Dimitrov, MD & PAHPM Student Scholarship
  19. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)– Physician Assistant Program.
  20. Health Professions Scholarship- Indian Health Service: for American Indian and Alaska Native PA students. Financial aid in exchange for service post-graduation
  21. American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants-Susan and Tom Lusty Memorial scholarship $1000
  22. Health Professional Scholarship Program-Veteran Affairs Scholarship: tuition and monthly stipend to recipients. 
  23. Naval Association of PAs- Navy Health Professions Scholarship: full tuition and payment while in school
  24. Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants-Paul S. Robinson Award:2 awards $1500 each
  25. The UJA-FEDERATION OF NEW YORK ROSE BILLER Scholarship program: for Jewish students with economic need-up to $5000. Students can reapply every year. Must be US citizens/permanent residents registered to vote or residing in either NYC’s 5 boroughs, Long Island or Westchester to be eligible for the scholarship. 
  26. Joyce Nichols Memorial Scholarship: 8 awards  $1,000 each
  27. Board Vitals PA School Scholarship…- scholarship&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=202014898&_hsenc=p2ANqtz- 9zZpSlqbzY3JG9oyoEylUw95vWieiXirG4pbCaTfe-PluL1s-vPcbS33tuaIwGf8Vd-dQ-_NsTY-Wg9bQUEz- Yx2FOGYyDGPhWx15SIhLQLa9Dy-s&utm_content=202014898&utm_source=hs_automation

• 1st Place: $2,000 VISA Prepaid Card

• 2nd Place: $1,000 VISA Prepaid Card

• 3rd Place: $500 VISA Prepaid Card

Please see the hyperlink below for additional suggestions that we found useful for scholarships and other means of assisting with financing your education. This is not affiliated with Canisius University or our Financial Aid Office, but simply a resource we found useful in our investigations. Further questions about financial aid opportunities can be directed to our Student Records Office at 716-888-2600.

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Refund Policy

The annual schedule for tuition refunds can be found on the academic calendar or by contacting Student Records & Financial Services Office. For more information about college Refund Policies:

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